Joseph Woods Frazer fits the profile of your typical Green Bay Packers shareholder — big fan, wears the gear, seldom misses a game on Sunday — but he’s also never uttered a “Go Pack Go” in his life or jumped up and down after a last-second win.
Give him time.
As one of the youngest owners of the team, Frazer is still learning the ropes. The Mechanicsville, Virginia, newborn was only 8 weeks old when he got his share of stock in November. It was a gift to the first boy in the family from, you guessed it, grandpa.
“It was a complete surprise,” said Frazer’s mom, Claire Frazer. “My dad just called us one night and he was like, ‘Guess what I got Woods? He’s the newest owner of the Green Bay Packers.’”
Frazer, whose stock certificate reads “Joseph” but everyone calls him “Woods,” is among the latest round of new shareholders after the Packers launched the sixth stock sale in team history and the first in 10 years in November. As of Dec. 31, when the Packers last updated the numbers of the current sale, 182,054 shares had been sold to 164,920 buyers for $300 each.
There’s no way to know if Woods, who was born Sept. 22, is really the youngest owner. The Packers do not record birthdates as part of the sale. It’s a safe bet, however, there’s not many onesie-wearing others who can say their stock certificate is framed and hanging right above their changing table in the nursery.
Or … that a distant branch on their family tree includes former Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan.
“My husband’s grandpa’s second cousin is Bob Harlan. They’re from Iowa, and Bob Harlan is from Iowa,” Claire said. “Woods’ grandma made that connection. Very distant.”
Woods’ stock is a little next-generation Packers love from “Sugar Pops” — grandpa Steve Love, whose grandparent name is “Pops,” and grandma Katy Gorman, who goes by “Sugar.” Together, they’re “Sugar Pops.”
Love is the Packers fan. He, too, lives in Virginia, where football fans mostly follow the Baltimore Ravens or Washington Football Team, but he has friends from Wisconsin. He has been to games at Lambeau and toured the Packers Hall of Fame. He’s also a proud shareholder.
With Woods’ dad, Phillip Frazer, also a Packers fan, it’s not hard to figure out what team the Frazer household is cheering for on Sundays. Woods wears his Packers gear (some of which he’s still growing into) and “loves hanging out with the boys” in the garage, where there’s a TV, camping chairs and a nearby firepit.
“He’s a boy’s boy,” Claire says. “No. 1 word to describe him is jolly. He is so smiley.”
The Packers share can’t be sold and doesn’t pay dividends, so it’s not going to put him through college one day, but the fun the family has had with it already has been well worth it.
“I’m a hairstylist so I tell all my male clients and everybody, and they think it’s so awesome, so he’s already the coolest kid on the block,” Claire said.